Local Latino Artists Pursue Music Careers

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MERIDEN– Trap, jazz, rap, funk and soul are some of the beats that spark the interest of two local musicians. Separately, the young musicians share their musical journeys and their aspirations for the future.

Miguel Cardona Jr.

Miguel Cardona Jr.’s inspiration for music production began when he was doing voiceovers for Nickelodeon’s “Dora and Friends.” He remembered being in the recording booth and seeing the controllers and consoles, which got him interested.

“When I was in middle school, I would listen to different songs on my playlist and always think about beats. Some people recite lyrics and songs, but I think about beats,” he said.

Cardona started trap and rapping in seventh grade. He started sampling old songs that featured jazz, funk, and soul. With over 300 original beats, Cardona began making covers that feature his singing along with his beats.

A senior at Maloney High School, Cardona wants to focus on music production in college. He promotes his music on social media, including Instagram. It can be found at @anodrac1.

“I love connecting different genres. I always like to see people’s expression when I play my beats in front of them. I feel like music brings people together,” he said.

One of Cardona’s goals is to make a living in music. He would like to own a recording studio one day. One of his artistic inspirations is J. Cole, an American rapper, singer, songwriter and producer.

Julien Eduardo Olivier

27-year-old Venezuelan Julian Eduardo Olivier produces and writes his own music. He explores different genres including música urbana, dembow, trap and reggaeton.

Eduardo Olivier lives in Waterbury and works in construction. He grew up in the Dominican Republic and lived in Spain for 10 years before moving to Connecticut. Eduardo Olivier remembers listening to famous Latin artists, such as Don Omar and Tego Calderon. From an early age, he was passionate about music. He remembers making his own music and singing it.

“I can relate more to the trap. With trap, I can write what I live and what happens to people. I was inclined to this genre because I can express myself and I like it,” said Eduardo Olivier.

A dream of Eduardo Olivier is to go on tour in Europe. He also hopes to record with his favorite artist, Nicky Jam.

“It’s difficult, but when you want to achieve something, you have to put time into it and stay focused. I’ve learned that if you don’t focus, you won’t succeed. Stay positive too,” said Eduardo Olivier .

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